Many homeowners are removing their popcorn ceiling textures for good reason. If you don’t like the look of this material and the problems that come with it, you may be wondering why it was ever used in the first place.
The process of spraying a texture on a ceiling is much more economical. It’s a fast application process, so it doesn’t cost the same for labor that a hand texture application would.
It is also supposed to provide more acoustical affects to the ceiling for sound proofing. And, it’s supposed to protect the drywall.
If you consider popcorn ceilings to be unattractive like so many do today, you are probably thinking about removing it. Here are some things you’ll need to know before you decide to do it yourself.
Fine Dust Everywhere With Popcorn Ceiling Removal
Unless you have a professional with the equipment to suck out all the dust and materials as the popcorn ceiling is removed, you can expect fine dust to settle all over every surface including in cracks, in cabinets, and in carpets.
This fine dust is not healthy for you to breathe or to consume. Even using a wet/dry vac doesn’t work well as the filter can’t keep this fine dust blocked well. The only way to remove it effectively is with a vacuum system that exits the home entirely so it’s not putting the dust back into the air, and that’s what the professionals use.
Home Hazard -Possible Asbestos Popcorn Ceilings
In Homes built before 1977, asbestos was used as the popcorn ceiling material in many homes, but not all. Asbestos causes lung cancer and other health problems. Remember the fine dust? You’ll not want this coating your belongings or floating around in the air you and the family breathe.
The popcorn ceiling texture needs to be checked for asbestos before removal in homes built before 1977. If asbestos is present, a professional can remove the texture for you safely.
Be Prepared For A Huge Popcorn Ceiling Removal Mess
Methods of wetting and scraping to remove popcorn ceiling texture makes a huge mess. You’ll certainly need to cover everything first, making sure to use plastic as the substance will be wet.
Don’t step on it either, which is near impossible, or you’ll be tracking throughout the house. It’s not easy to clean off floors or carpeting if you grind it in with your shoes.
While you can effectively remove popcorn ceiling with wetting and scraping, it’s a lot of hard work and it takes a lot of time. When you’re done, you’ll have a nice mess to clean up. How much square footage do you plan to do?
DIY Popcorn Ceiling Removal -A Lot of Time and Stamina
You may think you’re in good shape, but having to scrape off popcorn ceiling texture can make you think otherwise.
Removing the texture from one room at a time is a better option when doing it yourself, especially with a lot of square footage involved. But the problem with that is you will really want to get it all over with as fast as possible once you find out what an ordeal it can be.